Vernon’s top cop has been honoured for her dedication and community service.
Superintendent Shawna Baher was awarded a top distinction award at the 37th annual Police Honours Night held at the Government House in Victoria.
“The awards ceremony recognizes officers from all over the province for acts of bravery and exceptional work in their communities,” says media relations officer Kelly Brett.
Baher (pictured) was honoured for ‘Meritorious Service’ which recognizes her leadership in identifying the opioid / fentanyl crisis and ensuring all RCMP officers were authorized and trained to carry Naloxone.
That medication blocks the effects of opioids during an overdose, and saves lives.
Baher started her work around the opioid/fentanyl crisis while working for the Surrey RCMP detachment and has continued that since arriving in Vernon to become the detachment commander in July.
The award winners are chosen by representatives from the BC Association of Chiefs of Police and the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General.